Get Your 2019 Volvo V60 With Plaid Seats

Imagine plaid seats in a European car with a liftgate and you might start spelling out the letters V-O-L in your mind. It is a signature trait on the Volkswagen Golf GTI, after all. But there’s another model from another automaker that’s bringing the option to America.

When Volvo revealed the new V60 wagon, it showcased it with a plaid upholstery option. The assumption was that the option wouldn’t make it to America. But as AutoGuide points out that, the option has now been added to the US configurator. Called “Blond City Weave Textile Upholstery,” it adds a modern plaid pattern to the seats and door panels, complemented by beige leather trim. Looks pretty stylish to us. What do you think?

Plaid for the People

Not your cup of tea? That’s alright, because it’s not the only option. Customers can alternatively opt for black, tan, medium brown, or dark brown leather. (The outgoing V60 is still on offer, but can only be had with black or beige leather.) What’s more is that the tartan trim can only be had on the Momentum model. The luxed-up Inscription trim comes only with leather, though the choices broaden here to include perforated Nappa leather as well.

What’s surprising (to us at least) is that the lower-level XC40 – the first model in the new entry-level series – can’t be had with the plaid option. Only leather. But the red hide looks rather tantalizing to our eyes. Nor can you get the tartan upholstery on the XC60, which is positioned alongside the V60 in Volvo’s latest mid-level lineup.

Both the Momentum and Inscription versions of the new V60 come, for the time being, only in T6 AWD trim. The 2.0-liter turbo four generates 306 horsepower (228 kW) and 300 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. That’s in the US. Overseas, buyers can also choose from the lower-level T5 model, with the same engine producing 247 hp (184 kW) and 260 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque, or from a pair of diesels. Expect either or both of the T6 and T8 “Twin-Engine” AWD hybrids to follow, with electrically assisted versions of that same engine kicking out a combined 250 hp (186 kW) and 260 lb-ft (350 Nm) or 299 hp (223 kW) and 300 lb-ft (400 Nm).

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  • Fantastic. I hope the V60 and those seats will be available in Australia.

  • Hopefully the leather crazy will die out soon. A nice fabric is much better, and it doesn’t involve animal torture. For example alcantara, that polyester and polyurethane and nothing else.

    • Shahul Usman

      100% agree.. how is sitting on dead animal skin “luxury”? Archaic, lets move into the future, not caveman style.. I’d take alcantara and carbon fiber everywhere please… but this looks amazing, great job volvo, now make it across the range options.. XC90 has a leatherette only on the T5

      • Kaisuke971

        You gotta admit that in the majority of the cars on the market right now, the leather covered seats feel better than the usually entry level cloth equivalent. That’s because most manufacturers use low quality fabric, but still.

        As for leatherette, it has to be the worst option out there. You still have the major inconvenience of the leather (how it reacts to temperature changes) but it’s not even leather that’s associated by most with luxury, so it’s like you’re suffering for nothing.

        Earlier this year Aston-Martin revealed a Lagonda concept with high quality fabric, i think that’s the way to go. If you look at the most luxurious places out there (for example the Burj Al-Arab’s royal suite), you won’t see much leather (if any at all), so it must be the best compromise.

    • outbackNatl

      I’m a fan of discontinuing leather… but in addition to nice fabrics, I’d like to see more companies using artificial leathers, like MB-Tex found in Mercedes products. I’m a pet owner and I use my hatch to carry my dogs around. Their fur comes right off of leather, but embeds itself in fabrics.

    • TheHake

      Oh yes and making polyester and polyurethane is much better for Earth… NOT. You’re either sitting on a dead cow or a dead dinosaur.

      • Dinos are dead, cows are only alive so that we can kill them.

        • TheHake

          But if it wasn’t for the industry that cow would never even have existed…. 😉

          • Like the children born in work camps in North Korea? How lucky that they were born so they can sacrifice their worthless lives to the superior human kind!

          • TheHake

            Exactly like that yes!

  • ErnieB

    Give me! Give me!

  • atomicbri

    Love these seats! I can only hope these will be on offer in the US market and maybe offer them across the other models they have. So tired of boring leather.

  • vvmdrf

    Very nice .This interior combo will be a collector’s item one day.

  • Nordschleife

    I applaud them for this but I would have prefer the concepts colorway.

    • D3X

      Looks amazing, would love if they incorporated more of this. The headliner especially.

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